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BEST Father’s Day Ideas In 2024 - Things To Do With Your Dad

by Note with Love Team - Jun 11, 2024
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June 16 is at the door. You know what that means in 2024? Father’s Day will soon be here! A chance to thank our wonderful fathers. Giving a sweet card with a warm and wonderful message is great. But consider doing something for your dad out of the norm this year.

Go all out for the one who spends most their life fulfilling our dreams. Try to make it a truly memorable day for him by going on thrilling journeys and taking part in activities that will be tattooed in his heart for a lifetime. Not literally, I mean!

In this piece, we’ll look at a curated collection of 13 unusual and cool activities for making Father’s Day the finest yet. From exhilarating outdoor adventures to immersive experiences, the list got you covered with a broad choice of ideas for Father’s Day to make it unforgettable.

1. Riding Race Cars

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Taking your dad for a race car ride could be a way to celebrate the day in style. Feel the adrenalin rush as you both enter the fast lane, hop into a powerful vehicle, and accelerate around the track.

You can also master racing tactics and release your inner speed demon while being guided by professional instructors. It’s a perfect chance for fathers and their kids to engage in some friendly rivalry while experiencing the pleasure and sheer power of speed. On this unique day, take the racetrack by storm and make great memories with your father.

Budget: 

When on sale, a NASCAR Ride Along costs about $150, while a driving experience costs about $300. If you are in Florida, you can check the Daytona International Speedway.

2. Bird Watching

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Wouldn’t it be a fun Father’s Day idea to celebrate it in the beautiful outdoors? And when I say “outdoor,” I mean at a bird festival where you can go bird watching. This will be extra special if your father loves bird.

As the Mono Basin Bird Chautauqua will host a small bird festival beginning on June 16, plan a two-day getaway there to go birdwatching. With over 90 field trips, workshops, and talks with famous bird artists, this festival brings birders together to observe the astounding avian diversity of the Mono Basin region.

Take out your binoculars and join a quest for a variety of feathered beauties. From brilliant songbirds to majestic raptors, you’ve got a terrific weekend in nature to spend with your dad.

Budget: 

Basic Registration costs $110 and is free for children under the age of 12. Register here.

3. Exploring Thermal Basins

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As far as cool Father’s Day ideas go, visit thermal basins to see the geologic wonders for a special and mind-blowing Father’s Day trip.

Geothermal wonderlands like Yellowstone National Park feature boiling hot springs, mud pots, roaring fumaroles, and geysers creating a baffling ambiance. Wander along the boardwalks and trails leading through these splendors. Take in the sights, sounds, scents, and all the Earth’s potent energy. This remarkable tour will undoubtedly leave you and your father with a profound feeling of natural wonders.

You can find all the information on Yellow Stone Park website. If you do not live in the area, just google hot springs near me and check online for entrance fee, open hours and other things you may need to know.

Budget:

Standard Entrance Pass at Yellowstone costs $20–$35 for each.

4. Hot Air Balloon Ride

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Consider riding a hot air balloon that’ll take your Father’s Day celebrations to new heights. Float above the ground in a colorful balloon, feeling serenity in the skies and the pleasure of soft cool breezes taking you along.

Take a glass of champagne with you, whether you are flying at sunrise or dusk. The jaw-dropping vistas and calm of a hot air balloon ride will make this Father’s Day truly priceless.

Budget:

A balloon ride costs $150-$250 per person and lasts two to four hours usually.

5. Playing Baseball

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Forget about other father’s day gift ideas. Instead, how about a sports-filled day?

Head to a nearby park or even your own backyard with your gloves, bats, and a ball to play a friendly match of baseball. Take rounds pitching, hitting, and fielding as you relive the laughter while passing jokes in a friendly competition. The delight of playing catch and circling the bases with your dad will deepen your bond and make this Father’s Day one to remember.

It doesn’t need to be baseball though. You can choose any sports that you both like! You can invite other family members or friends to the game for a little more competitiveness. 

Budget:

Prices for baseball accessories range from $20 to $40. But I bet you have them at home, right?

6. Wilderness Survival Workshop

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If you have an adventurous father, a great father’s day activity could be taking a wilderness survival workshop.

Meet skilled instructors who will instruct you on vital survival skills, including creating a fire, a shelter, and sourcing food on your own. Discover the secrets of wilderness survival as you navigate rocky terrain, find food plants, and more. Test your abilities and build a friendship with your dad, as you both rely on cooperation and creativity to conquer hurdles.

Budget:

Survival session at Rei costs $125 each.

7. Visit a Museum or Art Gallery

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If your father enjoys art, history, or culture, a trip to a museum or art gallery may be enough to brighten his day out of all Father’s Day ideas.

Spend the day together seeing the exhibits, debating the art, and learning something new as many museums host events or exhibitions specifically for Father’s Day. It’s a chance to widen your perspectives and spark significant conversations with your father while he gazes in awe at the miracle of human creation.

Budget:

The public is always welcome to view the museum’s collections for no charge.

8. Whiskey Tasting Experience

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If your father likes whiskey, one of the unique father’s day ideas for an upscale surprise would be to take him to a whiskey-tasting event.

You may go on a voyage of flavor and refinement by visiting a nearby distillery or whiskey bar. Learn about the distilling process and sample a variety of superb whiskies spanning smooth and smokey to rich and complex. Experts will teach you the art of nosing and savoring the distinct qualities of each whiskey. Don’t forget to toast your father and enjoy a sophisticated Father’s Day event that mixes elegance and top-notch craftsmanship. 

Budget:

A guided distillery tour with tastings costs $25 or more, depending on the extras.

9. Wellness Day

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Father’s Day does not have to be all about adventure, sports, or wine; it can also be a day of leisure and self-care.

Take your father to a wellness retreat where he can relax, revitalize, and receive luxury treatments. Help your father unwind and recharge with therapeutic massages, facials, and saunas. It’s a kind act that shows your concern for his well-being and gives him a break from the pressures of daily life.

Budget:

A body massage typically costs $100 per appointment.

10. Geocaching Adventure

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This is one of the most exceptional ideas for father’s day. Geocaching is a modern-day treasure hunt. The rule is to follow coordinates to hidden caches strewn around your neighborhood or even in unknown places using a GPS or smartphone. As you look for these secret treasures together, you will uncover hidden jewels, solve puzzles, and overcome difficulties. If you think your bond with your dad has weakened over the years, then this activity can really help you reconnect with him.

Geocaching merges the joy of finding hidden treasures and the thrill of exploring. So why not take your father on a mystery, discovery, and excitement-filled adventure?

Budget:

Check Geocaching app on app store or play store. You will find different options, starting with free ones.

11. Outdoor Cooking Masterclass

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While celebrating Father’s Day, take a cooking class outside to widen your culinary horizons. A chef or grill expert will teach you how to bring out the best tastes of outdoor cooking, from smoking meats to putting down the most exquisite grill marks, in an open-fire cooking session.

Gather over a crackling fire to prepare and savor delectable meals with your father. While grilling steaks or producing gourmet campfire cuisine, your bond with your father will take on a new tone.

You can go an extra mile and gift a grill basket or such to your father so that he can work on his learnings in the future. Here are some more great gift ideas for this father’s day.

Budget: 

Register at a class near you like this one by Weber Grill Restaurant.

12. Team up to Volunteer

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One of the best ideas for Father’s Day is to take it as an opportunity to give back to those in need and make a positive difference together.

Search for a cause that appeals to your dad’s interests or consider volunteering at a food bank, organizing a neighborhood cleaning, or visiting seniors at a local nursing facility. Serving not only helps you connect with your father, but it also teaches you crucial lessons about generosity and humility.

13. Night Sky Stargazing

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If your dad is a homebody type, then spending a fantastic evening under the night stars for celestial thrills could be the best of all cool father’s day ideas.

Take it a step further by dedicating a star to your father. Go to Cosmonova.org and name a genuine star after something your father can connect to. To find the star, use their app. I recommend you get a brightly shining star that can be seen from your location.

When your dad is home, go to the roof, put out a blanket and pillows, and gaze up at the dazzling star you just purchased, using a telescope. If you’re lucky, you might see shooting stars, meteor showers, etc. 

Budget: 

Traditional Star Gift Pack on Cosmonova costs $34.90..

Final Thoughts

The purpose of these unique Father’s Day ideas is to spend some quality time with your father and create treasured memories. Pick activities that fit his tastes and interests. Whether you plan to make it a small gesture or a lavish surprise, these unique ideas will foster a deep bond with your dad. Don’t forget to show him how much you care.

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